Myanmar now has its first government-sanctioned handbook on disability terminology. With contributions from the SCS Myanmar’s Civil Society and Media II Project, the booklet was developed jointly by Myanmar Deaf Community Development Association (MDCDA), Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities (MFPD), and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement (MSWRR). The Disability Terminology Handbook was launched at an official ceremony in Yangon on October 24.
The handbook includes national standards to promote greater sensitivity to preserving the dignity of people with disabilities in language and image. Among the topics covered in the booklet are appropriate language for depicting all four types of disabilities (hearing, learning, motor, visual), terms related to inclusive education, and media guidelines for the portrayal of people with disabilities. SCS Myanmar also supported MDCDA to print and distribute 10,000 copies of the handbook to relevant civil society organizations, government agencies, and media organizations.
SCS Myanmar works with civil society and media to: 1) increase the prevalence of high quality reporting about democratic reforms, intercommunal harmony and religious freedom, and peace processes; and 2) bolster efforts in legal and policy advocacy while increasing understanding of and engagement in a peaceful, inclusive, democratic transition. SCS Myanmar is implemented by FHI 360 with Internews, Voluntary Service Overseas, and Public International Law and Policy Group.